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Detective, nurse receive Duvall awards

10/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Retired nurse Barb Duvall and Akron Police Det. Gary Shadie were recently honored by Summit County Children Services.
Photo courtesy of Summit County Children Services
AKRON — Akron Police Det. Gary Shadie and nurse Barb Duvall, who recently retired from the CARE Center of Akron Children’s Hospital, were recently honored for their commitment and caring for children in Summit County.

Shadie was the recipient of the sixth annual Lt. John “Ed” Duvall Jr. Detective of the Year Award, and Duvall received the Duvall Outstanding Service Award in an Oct. 4 ceremony at Summit County Children Services (SCCS).

The Duvall Detective of the Year Award, established in 2008 through a partnership of SCCS, the Akron Police Department and the CARE Center of Akron Children’s Hospital, honors the memory of the late Lt. John “Ed” Duvall — who, while with the Akron Police Department, was both relentless in his investigations of child abuse cases and deeply committed to speaking out about child abuse prevention, according to SCCS officials.

Shadie was nominated and chosen due to his tenacity, commitment and integrity while investigating and responding to situations of abuse and neglect for the past 13 years. Officials said Shadie also has assisted with the Christmas Gift Program for years, helping underprivileged children during the holiday season, and he has mentored young men and coached football for Garfield High School.

A member of the Akron Police Department since 1989, Shadie has worked in the Patrol Subdivision, the Street Narcotics Uniform Detail and the Juvenile/Auto Theft/Missing Persons Unit. He was the recipient of the 1992 Ohio Friend of Education Award with several fellow officers, received the 2002 Optimist Police Officer of the Year Award and was presented the Summit County Prosecutor’s “Top Cop” award in June 2009.

Barb Duvall (who is no relation to the awards’ namesake) retired after 35 years of service at Akron Children’s Hospital after working as an LPN in various departments, most recently the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the CARE Center. During her career, she was recognized as LPN of the Year in 2009 and LPN of the Month twice in the Department of Pediatrics.

According to her nomination, Duvall coordinated two physical moves of the CARE Center, consulted with police officers and social workers about children being seen by physicians, assisted with hundreds of medical evaluations and helped to coordinate the annual Duvall Detective of the Year Award.

Kathleen Folkerth contributed to this report.

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